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20 Ocean Books for Little Learners

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The ocean unit is such a fun unit to teach to our little learners! Between visiting the beach, exploring different marine life, and the fascinating coral reef, the ocean unit is so exciting! There are so many fun ways to explore the ocean unit and watch little minds learn and grow as they read ocean books that go along with this unit.

Finding ocean books to read with them is a wonderful addition to this unit as they learn all about the ocean!

Taking the time to read ocean books is important for our little learners as they explore the ocean unit. They’ll learn all kinds of things about the ocean! Some things may be familiar to them such as whales and dolphins, others will be totally new like the coral reef!

I’ve found some perfect ocean books for you to use with this unit that can easily be purchased on amazon. Just click the links below and stock up on some of your favorite ocean books! If you use your prime membership, you can get your books quickly and easily with FREE 2-day shipping.

At the Beach

A young girl spends a radiant summer day at the beach in this updated classic from the author of Apples and Pumpkins. Sun…sand…the bright blue ocean! There is so much for a young girl to do on a visit to the beach: sand castles to build, seashells to gather, sandpipers to run with, and a picnic lunch to enjoy.

Little Explorers: Under the Sea

UNDER THE SEA is a lively introduction to all types of sea creatures, where children can lift the flaps to learn about all types of amazing animals and the environment they live in. Young readers will be amazed as they find out all about the coral reef, open ocean, endangered animals, shipwrecks, and much much more! This book features over 30 sturdy flaps to lift, along with charming, kid-friendly artwork that introduces new concepts and vocabulary in a simple and accessible way.

What Happens at an Aquarium?

Describes the attractions that can be found at an aquarium and the work done by the different kinds of workers that an aquarium needs.

Over in the Ocean: In a Coral Reef

Teachers and parents, take note: this book is already a classic. Two geniuses–author and illustrator–came into perfect alignment to create this book. The author has kids thinking it is entertainment while adults think it is a great lesson about the ocean. The genius of the illustrator is obvious. With painstaking detail each illustration is created entirely of polymer clay, then photographed, creating a 3-D impression of tremendous vitality. Kids will sing, clap, and count their way among pufferfishthat puff, gruntfishthat grunt and seahorses that flutter, and begin to appreciate life in the ocean. And the art will inspire many a project. Plus there are several pages of extension ideas for curriculum and art projects as well as resources on the web and elsewhere.

Coral Reefs

During an ordinary visit to the library, a girl pulls a not-so-ordinary book from the shelves. As she turns the pages in this book about coral reefs, the city around her slips away and she finds herself surrounded by the coral cities of the sea and the mysterious plants and animals that live, hunt, and hide there. Coral Reefs by Jason Chin plunges readers into the ocean with incredible facts about fish, coral reefs and marine life. Readers will experience the ocean like they never have before in this stunning picture book full of breathtaking illustrations.

Way Down Deep in the Deep Blue Sea

Way down deep in the deep blue sea, there’s a lot to find. I guarantee! Come on! Be brave! Just follow me! And let’s explore the deep blue sea!

Fancy Nancy: Sand Castles and Sand Palaces

Join Fancy Nancy on a trip to the beach in New York Times bestselling team Jane O’Connor and Robin Preiss Glasser’s 8×8 picture book, complete with a fabulous set of stickers. In Fancy Nancy: Sand Castles and Sand Palaces, Nancy spends the day at the beach with her friends. They build the most magnificent sand palace imaginable! But when the tide comes in, what will happen to their beautiful creation? Fans of Fancy Nancy will delight in Nancy’s sparkling creativity and imagination.

Curious George at the Aquarium

Beluga whales! Sea lions! Sharp-toothed piranhas! Curious George at the Aquarium is a lively story based on H. A. and Margret Rey’s popular primate and painted in the original watercolor and charcoal style. The aquarium is the perfect place for a little monkey to get into big trouble. Splash!

Oceans: Dolphins, Sharks, Penguins, and more!

Swim with sharks! Dive with dolphins! Stroll the beach with penguins! Young readers will joyfully immerse themselves in this awesome adventure at sea,
in which stunning National Geographic photos reveal hidden worlds of action and beauty. We meet 30 favorite sea creatures and explore their watery
homes: playful dolphins, mysterious sharks, graceful sea turtles, waddling penguins, and dozens of others. Kids will marvel at speedy swimmers on the
hunt, and smile at cuddly scenes of animal families.

What Lives in a Shell?

A house is a home for you, a nest is a home for a bird, and a cave is a home for a bear. But for some animals a shell is a home. Snails and turtles and crabs and clams all have shells that act as their homes and protect them from harm. This Level 1 Let’s-Read-and-Find-Out picture book is a fascinating exploration of the many creatures that make a home in a shell.

Wish for a Fish: All About Sea Creatures

The Cat in the Hat, Sally, and Dick take an undersea voyage aboard the S.S. Undersea Glubber! Traveling down from the Sunny Zone to the Dark Zone to the Trench at the bottom, Captain Cat and his crew get up close and personal with the different life forms found at each level of the ocean. Along the way, they meet sharks, jellyfish, dolphins, manatees, whales, and sea cucumbers, to name just a few!

My Visit to the Aquarium

As only she can, Aliki brings the splendor of aquatic animals and their habitats to life in this dazzling picture book. Filled with amazing fish facts and brilliant full-page spreads, this is a visit to the aquarium that kids will want to make again and again.

Just Grandma and Me

Mercer Mayer’s Little Critter is spending a day at the beach with his grandma in this classic, funny, and heartwarming book. Celebrating the special bond between a grandparent and grandchild, this beloved story is the perfect gift for Mother’s Day . . . or any day!

Sea Life Field Guide

This fact-filled guide will transport you into the vast ocean habitats of leatherback turtles, dolphins, manta rays, and other creatures. Explore a coral reef, trace a sea turtle’s path from egg to ocean, and discover an exciting array of other marine animals.

Moonlight Ocean

What happens in the ocean after dark? Use the magic flashlights on every page to reveal the hidden creatures in the ocean’s depths! Each spread appears to be dark, but point the flashlight and watch brilliant aquatic life illustrations magically illuminate.

Biscuit’s First Beach Day

Biscuit is going on his first trip to the beach! He is excited about making sand castles, collecting seashells, and playing in the ocean. Have a great day, Biscuit. Woof!

Smart Kids: Coral Reef

Uncover an amazing world under the sea! Learn all about the incredible creatures that live in coral reefs – from the brightly patterned fish to the deadly predators, as well as the many different reefs all over the world. Dive in and explore! This new addition to the Smart Kids series features incredible close-up photos of ocean life, fascinating facts, amazing records, and trivia, and is a brightly colored, fact-packed compendium of predators, prey, and everything under the sea.

Inky the Octopus

Out of this tank, I must be free. I must explore the open sea! Follow Inky the octopus as he escapes from the National Aquarium of New Zealand to the ocean! Based on a true story, Inky the Octopus: Bound for Glory chronicles the adventure that the real-life Inky might have taken on his escape to freedom in the open ocean!

Llama Llama Sand & Sun

Read along with Llama Llama as he splashes in the waves and plays in the sand in this brand-new touch-and-feel board book! This book is an incredible buy at only $12.99 for 10 interior pages full of interactive elements.

Commotion in the Ocean

Including whales, walruses, penguins, polar bears, stingrays, and sharks, a wonderful collection of poems celebrates the many creatures that live in and around the ocean.

Teaching the ocean unit is such a fun unit for little learners as they explore all about the ocean. It’s also fun for us as we watch them learn and grow! Grab your favorite ocean books with this ocean unit and explore all the exciting things about the ocean!

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